Tips when planning a trip to Formentera
How to get to Formentera?
Formentera does not have its own airport. To reach Formentera, book a flight to Ibiza, and then from Ibiza Old Town Port take the ferry that will take you to La Savina Port in Formentera.
The ferry-ride takes from 30 – 40 minutes depending on the type of ferry you take. Ferry companies that operate this track are Balearia, Trasmapi and Mediterranea Pitiusa. I personally took the Trasmapi ferry. P.S. Take a sweater on the ferry, it’s freezing in there!
Ibiza’s airport is only 7km away from Ibiza’s Old Town. It is an international airport so you can arrive from any part of the world. Among the airlines that fly to Ibiza are IBERIA, Vueling, EasyJet, British Airways, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Ryanair and KLM.
Best time to go to Formentera?
Formentera is perfect from June to September. Being just 7km off the coast of Ibiza, you would imagine Formentera being packed with tourists. But this beautiful island never gets too crowded, so it’s a wonderful place to visit during the summer peak season as well.
Tourists start arriving from May and leave the island in mid-September. The best time of the year to visit Formentera is probably July. Of course August is peak season, but apart from certain beaches like Ses Illetes, the beaches aren’t too crowded!
Where to stay in Formentera?
Of course, where you stay depends on the type of vacation you want to have. First and most important, Formentera is not very big but to explore it and experience it to the fullest you will have to move around, so renting a car/scooter is very recommended.
For those that want to experience Formentera’s lovely nightlife scene, I definitely recommend getting your accommodation in Es Pujols. This town is the the island’s touristic and nightlife center, and staying here will give you the advantage of not having to worry about your car when you go out for dinner or to bars and night clubs. Es Pujols has its own beach but for those that want to explore the other wow beaches of the island, it will only take from 10 – 15 minutes by car to get to your destination.
For those that are more into sunsets, beaches and happy hours, Migjorn Beach is a great place to stay, there are restaurants and beach bars and the atmosphere is more relaxed and ideal for couples and families.
For a romantic escape, Cala Saona is a beautiful area to stay. Pilar de la Mola and San Francesc are also charming towns to stay in Formentera, and have nice restaurants.
But personally, I recommend Es Pujols (that’s where I stayed).
Car/scooter rental in Formentera
If you plan on exploring Formentera, renting a scooter or a car is a must. You can find car and scooter rentals in many places on the island. The first one you will see is at La Savina Port when you arrive. If you decide to rent your car here, the advantage is that when you have to take your ferry back to Ibiza, you won’t need a taxi to arrive to La Savina.
Otherwise you can rent your car in Es Pujols. We rented two Fiat Panda 4×4 there for 380 Euros including insurance for three days.